Happy Thanksgiving! Family is in town (or safe travels to you if you are headed out of town) and now’s the time for good food, good company, and showing off the wonderful city you call home at one of these great events.
Turkey Stuffer 5K
Eclectic Edge Racing is hosting the Turkey Stuffer 5K for a pre-dinner calorie burn option. Register in advance for the race—there will be no registration available on race day.
Thursday | 8:30 am | Splash! At Lively Park, 6100 Thurston Rd., Springfield | $20-$25 | eclecticedgeracing.com
Level 32 Racing is hosting their annual Turkey Trot, giving you the chance to burn some calories before you fill up on Thanksgiving dinner. There is a 4-mile run, a 2-mile run/walk, and a 200-meter kids’ “Gobbler Gallup.”
Thursday | 9 am | Maurie Jacobs Park, Fir Ln. | $20-$25 (free for kids) | level32racing.com
Create Something Day with MECCA
MECCA is hosting a “Create Something Day” celebration on Friday as an alternative to Black Friday shopping. Join them to make gifts such as monster stuffed animals, kaleidoscopes, cork gnomes, and puppets, all created with previously unwanted materials. Register on their website.
Friday | 12 pm | MECCA, 449 Willamette St. | Free | materials-exchange.org
Night of a Thousand Stars
Kick off the holiday season at 5th Street Public Market at their Night of a Thousand Stars celebration. Join them for snowfall, holiday lights, and a chance to share your wish list with Santa.
Friday | 5 pm | 5th Street Market, 296 E 5th Ave. | 5stmarket.com
Oy Vey in a Manger
Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, are coming to the Oregon Contemporary Theater for three performances of Oy Vey in a Manger. Join them for hilarious spoofs of classic songs and an all-around good time.
Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 7:30 pm | Oregon Contemporary Theater, 194 W Broadway | $20-$35 | arts-people.com
Thanksgiving Weekend on the South Willamette Wine Trail
Family is in town, why not show them what our local wineries have to offer? Visit the various wineries along the South Willamette Wine Trail, who will each be offering live music, food trucks, and special hours and deals. Check out the website for specifics and to see if your favorite winery is on the list.
Friday through Sunday | See individual wineries for times | Various wineries | southwillamettewineries.com
Florence Festival of Trees
Visit the Oregon Coast Military Museum of the annual Florence Festival of Trees. Meet a basset hound reindeer, explore a winter wonderland (including more than 100 decorated trees), and hang out with Santa while enjoying some treats.
Saturday | 10 am | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | Free | florence-events.com
Whiteaker Market Pop Up/Small Business Saturday
Down to Earth, the Whiteaker Community Market, and Mountain Rose Herbs are offering a way to celebrate Small Business Saturday at their pop up market. There will be raffles and special offers from local vendors, split between Mountain Rose Herbs on Saturday and Down to Earth on Sunday. Check out their website for a full list of participating pop-up vendors.
Saturday and Sunday | 11 am | Farmer’s Union Marketplace, Eugene | Free admission | facebook.com/events
Cocoa, Cookie, and Cider Trial
Celebrate Small Business Saturday along the Cocoa, Cookie, and Cider Trail. Sample holiday goodies at Florence shops. Check the website for a full list of participating stores.
Saturday | All day | Multiple locations, Florence| Free admission | florencechamber.com
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Presented by Broadway in Eugene, be dazzled and delighted at the Cirque Dream Holidaze performance on Sunday. Elaborate scenes and 300 costumes take the stage for this magnificent presentation.
Sunday | 6:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $43-$116.75 | hultcenter.org
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
Celebrating 30 years of one of the most powerful Christmas songs to date, experience Mannheim Steamroller Christmasfrom the audience at the Hult Center on Wednesday.
Wednesday | 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $38-$88.50 | hultcenter.org
Next week: Sprout! Children’s Business Expo
Support young entrepreneurs at the Sprout! Children’s Business Expo. Each booth will sell items made by local children as they learn what it takes to start their own business.
Friday | 4:30 pm | Eugene Mindworks, 207 E 5th Ave., Ste. 220 | Free admission | facebook.com/events